Walking along the Brampton Valley Way, Northamptonshire

Which way to go..... Footpath Finger Post, Brampton Valley Way, Nothamptonshire

Another Sunday afternoon walk, walking along the Brampton Valley Way.  We are lucky to have a disused railway line nearby, which has been turned into a linear Country Park.   The ‘Brampton Valley Way‘ runs from Northampton to Market Harborough along the old track-bed.  With a distance of 14 miles and two tunnels, it is easily covered by bicycle in a few hours and is popular with walkers and cyclists.  The many entrance/exits points, make a walk or bike ride as short or as long as you wish. As the path follows a disused railway, the trackbed is flat and accessible for buggies and wheelchairs too.  There are several places where you can join the Brampton Valley Way.  Kingsthorpe, Boughton/Windhover pub (P) , Chapel Brampton/Brampton Holt (P), Spratton/Brixworth (P), Brixworth/Cottesbrooke, Hanging Houghton, Lamport, Maidwell/Draughton (P), Kelmarsh/Arthingworth (P), Great Oxendon (P).  (Unless (P) for parking, it is foot/cycle access only). This time we decided to walk, choosing to park at Spratton car park […]

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Lazy Sunday Afternoon Canal Walk around Whilton Locks.

What to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon?  What about an canal walk?  One of our favourite walks is a canal-side walk on a sunny day. Canals are fairly accessible at most road bridges onto the towpath below.  For this walk, we drove out to Whilton Locks, in Northamptonshire as we needed to visit the Chandlers shop based at the marina there.  We parked in one of the few off road parking spaces alongside the road. Access to the Chandler’s is via the marina access or by walking down the tow path and crossing over the canal via a lock gate.  It’s one of those really useful little shop that also sells ice creams.   We crossed back across the cut and headed up the canal.  This part of the Grand Union Canal is known as either ‘Whilton Locks’ or the ‘Buckby Flight’ of locks.  Built in around 1796 and consists of 7 locks rising 63 feet in 1.5 miles. […]

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A surprising location for The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, Southwark, London

Read about my visit to Southwark and a trip back in time to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, housed in a surprising London location. October 2016. I had a rare trip up to London on my own, meeting up with my aunt and uncle in St. Thomas’ Street, Southwark.  I took the tube direct from Euston to London Bridge station and took the exit on to St Thomas’ Street. You come out right underneath the Shard.  It’s one of the best place to take a photograph straight up from the corner. Turn right and after just over 100 yards walk, you see a small church on your right. Rebuilt in the 1600’s, the church is part of the original footprint of St Thomas’ Hospital.  It reopened in 1703 and holds a special secret in its attic. Enter into the doorway under the tower and you find a little door in the left hand corner.  Go through and walk up […]

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Puffins and Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Last summer, we stayed in north Pembrokeshire near Fishguard, a beautiful area and we quite fell in love with it. The hills, grass pastures, the Preseli Mountains and beautiful coast walks on the Pembrokeshire Coast overlooking the blue/green sea. You stand a good chance of seeing porpoises, seals and dolphins while walking on the coast paths. We discovered last year that the best time to visit Skomer is in June and July when the puffins are breeding. So we put it in our diaries to visit during a gap in the GCSE exams this summer.

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Studland, Old Harry Rocks, Ballard Down

April 2016, We are beginning to explore Purbeck now the better weather has arrived.   We drop off one of our sons at a local South Coast university and duty done, we drive over to Studland via the wonderful Chain Ferry. On the drive down from the Midlands, we noticed that the further south we drove, the more yellow gorse we saw.  It always brings back memories of childhood holidays by the sea.  Once off the ferry, the gorse was abundantly yellow everywhere.

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